Technical Research on ISS Russian Segment

Experiment Meteoroid


Objective:

Refinement of the model of spatial-time distribution of meteoroid and man-made matter through permanent monitoring of space environment in the ISS operation orbit.

Tasks:

  • Permanent monitoring of meteoroid conditions throughout the flight path.
  • Generation of statistical data on densities of meteor and man-made particles in a size range from 10 to 100 µm affecting various elements of the external surface of the Service Module (SM).
  • Assessment of erodibility of SM external surface.
  • Obtaining of quantitative characteristics of affecting meteoroid and man-made bodies (size, density, velocity) during post-flight analysis.

Flight Equipment Used:

Micrometeor monitoring system consisting of:

  • Stationary capacitor sensors;
  • Removable capacitor sensor;
  • Electronics unit
    to record impact effect of meteoroid and man-made bodies on capacitor sensors.

Expected Results:

Increase of space flight safety.